Why did Jordan Poole get shipped out of town?
The departure of Jordan Poole from the Golden State Warriors continues to generate interest and speculation.
After being traded to the Washington Wizards following the 2022-23 season, online observers noticed that one of Poole’s first actions was to unfollow former teammate Draymond Green on Instagram.
This fueled rumors that their relationship had soured due to a viral incident during the previous offseason.
However, according to KRON4 sports director Jason Dumas, it may have been Poole’s strained relationship with Warriors head coach Steve Kerr that played a more significant role in his departure.
Dumas suggested that Kerr had become frustrated with Poole’s discontentment regarding his role on the team.
“I honestly think the relationship between [Poole] and Steve was more of what got him traded than his relationship with him and Draymond Green,” Dumas told the hosts, as transcribed by 95.7 The Game’s Alex Espinoza. “I just think [Kerr] was kinda fed up with the fact that Jordan was kinda huffin’ and puffin’ that he wasn’t in the right role for him. I think that had more to do with him being moved than that punch. The punch didn’t help and his relationship with Draymond wasn’t great, but I think Steve was more fed up than anything.”
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While the incident with Green and the punch may have exacerbated the situation, Dumas believes that Kerr’s frustration was the primary factor in Poole being traded. Poole’s performance last season, particularly in the playoffs, did not meet expectations.
He struggled with efficiency, shooting poorly from the field and beyond the arc. As a result, Kerr reduced his playing time in the postseason compared to the regular season.
Despite the speculation surrounding Poole’s departure, the truth remains uncertain until Poole himself addresses the situation.